Hello! I hope all is going well for everyone. June is shaping up to be a busy month. Apparently, working a single job does not mean life is any less busy, the busyness just comes from fewer sources! Summer Reading officially kicked off was Saturday (June 1st), and I love the energy that comes with this time of year, but boy can it be draining for those behind the desk! I can’t imagine how much it takes out of the Librarians (and yet, my long-term goal is to become one). All the ones I know personally have a ton of cool things planned for the next two months, and they’re already working on fall programming, too!
Despite the abundance of high-energy things planned for June, I am not setting easy goals for reading this month. After a record phase of DNFing, I am hopeful I will be able to complete more books this month. I am participating in a Louisa May Alcott-themed reading challenge this month, so I will even go so far as to hope I will read some new favorites. Here’s what I hope to read:
My June TBR List
📚 Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag (Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag #1) by Louisa May Alcott – I started this yesterday (June 2)! I downloaded it for FREE on my Kindle, and I’m enjoying it so far. The beginning is a bit of a jolt, without much introduction, so I was confused as to who the character Aunt Jo is and how she fits in the universe of Alcott’s other works. I think I have it figured out now…I think, but I am not completely sure.
📚 Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott – Another set of short stories by L.M. Alcott that I downloaded for free! Having read most of Alcott’s novels, I am excited to spend some time with her shorter stories.
📚 Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott – Have you caught onto the theme yet? Rose in Bloom is the sequel to Alcott’s novel Eight Cousins, which I read several years ago. And yes, I downloaded it for free last month.
📚 Good Wives (Little Women pt 2) by Louisa May Alcott – I actually own a physical copy of this book! It is the second volume of Little Women; some editions combine the two works into a single book, but many separate them. Since I have never read Good Wives on its own, I am not sure whether the edition of Little Women I have read was the ‘whole’ one or not. It’s about time I found out!
📚 The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler – I’ve been reading this for over a week during my lunch break, and I am determined to finish it in the next week or so! I am not sure yet how I will rate it…the story has been fascinating so far, but there have also been several disappointing elements.
📚 Strength by Lauren Salisbury – This is the second book in Salisbury’s Legacy Chronicles series. I like books 1 and 1.5, so I expect to enjoy this one, too! Strength, which is a futuristic retelling of the story of the Israelite Exodus, will be a good change of pace from all of the historical/classic fiction I plan to read by Alcott. I adore Alcott, but I would hate to let myself get burned out from reading too much of any one thing without a break!
📚 Godology by Dr. Christian George – This is written by one of my former professors, and I have owned the book since I took his class but sadly never read it. I think I accidentally gave away the nonfiction book about Christianity that I intended to be reading over breakfast these days, so I picked this one off my shelf instead.
📚 Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I really want to finish Cloud Atlas this month. I think I can renew it from the library once more, then I absolutely have to turn it back in. I am still not terribly far in, but I am determined, and I am convinced that my determination should be enough to get me through it in time.
📚 If I make it through all of the Louisa May Alcott works listed above, I would also like to read We Alcotts by Aileen Fisher. However, I expect this book to be more difficult to get through, so I am not going to try to start it at the same time as so many others.
📚 Finally, since I did not read The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne in May, and since I have committed to creating a read-along for the book in October, I have to include it on every TBR list from now until I get it read. It doesn’t look difficult to get through, but like everything else, making the time to do so is a challenge!
To my mind, that’s quite the list for a busy month! Most of the books I chose are ones I have on my Kindle, which makes it easier to read a few pages here and there during a busy day. Also, even though I work at the library and will be around Summer Reading all day every day, I signed myself up for the program as well. So, I have plenty of motivation to read, I just hope I can find enough time to get through everything! I am so excited to participate in the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge hosted by In the Bookcase. If you missed my post announcing my participation in this event, you can see it here!
What are you looking forward to this month? Are you participating in a Summer Reading program?
Until the next chapter,